How much longer must we put up with the PC – by Roy Green

This week’s report from the Productivity Commission targeted Australia’s energy policies as a form of industry assistance – anathema to the dry economic policy group. Here, Roy Green finds the Commission out of touch with Australia’s needs. This is another tiresomely predictable and formulaic report from the Productivity Commission. Ironically it takes issue with the…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

XTEK’s HighCom awarded new armour order XTEK has announced that its HighCom Armor Solutions division has received an international purchase order to supply ballistic body armour to an undisclosed European customer, worth $2.6 million. Scott Basham, XTEK Group’s CEO, said on Monday that the armour business — across manufacturing in Columbus, Ohio, XTclave technology development…

Alpha HPA to develop $300m Gladstone high purity alumina plant

Critical metals producer Alpha HPA will go ahead with its $300 million second stage of its Gladstone high purity alumina facility following Queensland government support through a $21 million Industry Partnership Program grant. The company’s Stage 1 Precursor Production Facility (PPF, pictured) is already in operation producing utilising its proprietary licensed solvent extraction and refining…

Calix and Pilbara Minerals advance lithium processing technologies

Industrial technology company Calix and Pilbara Minerals have made ‘significant progress’ in the development of their mid-stream lithium processing demonstration plant which aims to be a model for a full-scale lithium processing industry. The companies have been developing a demonstration plant at Pilbara’s Pilgangoora Project in Western Australia (pictured) to produce lithium salts from ores…

WA and Indonesia’s action plan for critical minerals

Western Australian Premier Roger Cook has signed a Plan of Action with Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) during the Republic of Indonesia President Joko Widodo’s visit to Australia. The agreement will further strengthen Western Australia’s economic ties, trade, and supply chain opportunities with Indonesia, including cooperation in critical minerals sectors. It follows the…

Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Manufacturing summit announces keynote Organisers of the National Manufacturing Summit have announced US-based economist Adam Hersh as keynote speaker at the upcoming event. According to a statement from Weld Australia, which is hosting the event in collaboration with the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work, Hersh will address the opportunities and challenges presented by Australia’s…